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Europe's highest award for clean urban transport

CIVITAS Award winners 2016: Rzeszów (Poland), Bologna (Italy) together with the ECC’s Cities for Public participationMalaga (Spain), Krakow (Poland) 

About the CIVITAS Awards

The CIVITAS Awards highlight some of the most ambitious, innovative, and successful sustainable urban mobility work currently being carried out.

They provide a prime platform for towns and cities to demonstrate their excellence in the field, both in terms of policymaking and implemented measures, whilst also having their efforts recognised by the European Commission.

Winners serve as role models to other towns and cities across Europe, inspiring them in their own initiatives to make cleaner and better urban transport.

CIVITAS Awards 2018 winners announced

The eight winners of the CIVITAS Awards 2018 were revealed in a grand ceremony in Umeå, Sweden, on the second evening of CIVITAS Forum Conference 2018.

The select group were selected across four categories. Three prizes were chosen by a five-person jury of mobility experts, public officials and media, and the fourth by the CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee.

The winners and runners-up are:

  • The "Bold Measure" Award for a daring and innovative approach that has yet to be widely implemented and positions the city as a pioneer in its respective thematic area;
    Winner - Ghent (Belgium); Runners-up - Aachen (Germany); Vinnytsia (Ukraine)
  • The “Take Up” Award for cities that have successfully transferred their knowledge and sustainable urban mobility measure(s) to another town/city;
    Winner - Reggio Emilia (Italy)

  • The “CIVITAS Legacy” Award for a city that has successfully translated their inspiring and committed involvement in CIVITAS into long-term implementation of innovative measures with a high impact;
    Winner - Szeged (Hungary); Runners-up - Izmir (Turkey)

  • The “Transformations” Award for significant transformation and progress towards a liveable and smarter city through an integrated set of mobility measures.
    Winner - Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Runner-up - Tirana (Albania)

For full information on the winners, read the CIVITAS Awards 2018 press release here.

The CIVITAS Awards 2019 will be given out at the next CIVITAS Forum Conference.

Further information

Please contact the CIVITAS Secretariat:

The prizes


Custom trophy and letter of acknowledgement   

Winners will receive a trophy as well as a formal acknowledgement letter signed by the European Commission, recognising your city’s commitment to cleaner, more sustainable public transport.



Pan-European visibility

Your city will be showcased on the CIVITAS website and promotional material, and receive pan-European media coverage. 


Invitation to EC conferences

You will have the opportunity to attend EC conference and workshops organised by DG MOVE on sustainable mobility.


The Jury Members

Permanent Jury Members

Robert Stüssi

Robert Stüssi is of Swiss and Portuguese nationality and is the CEO  of Perform Energia and his own company, Robert.Stüssi.Mobil.

He works as an urban planner and is an experienced, internationally active transport and mobility consultant. He has been the manager of various companies and researched and taught at various academic institutions.

He has acted as an advisor to various private and public entities, including the European Union on its URBACT and INTERREG projects.

He is also the former President of the European and World Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

Susana Val
Associate Research Professor and Transport Research Group Manager at Zaragoza Logistics Center

Susana Val is Director at the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), a research and educational center that is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Scale Network. As well as  holding PhD and MSc degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Zaragoza (Spain), she studied a Master of Engineering and Logistics at MIT as a visiting student.
Her current research focuses on city logistics and urban distribution, in particular finding best practices, new policy development, and modelling urban areas for goods distribution.
She has been involved in European projects in the field, such as SOLUTIONS. At the local level, she works for and facilitates the introduction of innovative freight distribution measures in Zaragoza. Proof of this is the agreement between the Municipality and the ZLC to develop projects in the field.
This cooperation led to a detailed urban logistics analysis of Zaragoza, pilot projects for new methods of urban freight distribution, and the city’s involvement in several Horizon 2020 project proposals.


Rotating Jury Members

Sonja van Renssen
Climate and environment journalist

Sonja is a freelance energy, climate and environment journalist based in Brussels. She writes for Energy Post, an independent platform for European energy news and analysis that she helped found in 2013, as well as Nature Climate Change, Platts, ENDS Europe and others.
She was the Environment Correspondent for online broadcaster from 2010-16. Sonja regularly moderates high-level debates and conferences on energy, climate, and the environment. Before going freelance in 2010, Sonja was the lead climate correspondent for environmental news service ENDS Europe for four years.
She won a BBC-sponsored “Young Broadcaster of the Year Award” in 2005. Sonja has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. She grew up in the Netherlands, Japan and Taiwan, and speaks fluent English and Dutch, with a good command of French and German.


Margareta Rönngren
Vice Mayor of Umea

Margareta Rönngren is a member of the Executive Committee of the Municipal Assembly of Umeå and a member of the city’s Budget Preparation Committee and the Economic Development and Planning Committee.
Furthermore, she is active on several boards and committees related to transport infrastructure (with a focus on railways and ports) and urban mobility. For example, she serves on the board of Umeå's public transport company, and as chair of the board of the county level public transport operator.
More generally, she has a strong interest in sustainable development and is involved in a bilateral exchange programme in Kenya for sustainable development and environmental engineering.
She is also an active and important figure within the CIVITAS community, serving as a member of the current CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee. Her focus during her PAC tenure has been on integrating land use and transport policies, as well as implementing new smart solutions in order to reduce reliance on fossil fuel.

Pedro Marin
Responsible for the European Programs Service of the City of Málaga

Pedro Marin is an economist specialised in urban planning and environment. He currently leads the European Programmes Service of the City of Málaga and the Observatory of Urban Environment (OMAU). He has worked extensively in the development of urban rehabilitation projects, mainly in the old town of Malaga (1994-2017), as well as the development of sustainable urban models. At the moment, Pedro Marin is involved in the construction of the Green Apple in Málaga, a pilot residential project that emphasises territorial and social cohesion. He also devised Málaga’s climate change mitigation and adaptation plans and the city’s Urban Agenda. Beyond the city, he is Secretary of the CAT MED Cities Platform, a member of the Spanish Committee of UN-Habitat, and one of a group of experts advising the Spanish government on their Urban Agenda.


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